Riverside School

Welcome to

Riverside School

  1. F.I.S.H.
  2. Local Community
  3. Empower





The Empower Project is a 5 year Big lottery funded initiative to support young people under 12 with Autism, Dyslexia or Dyspraxia, their parents and the wider family circle to enhance confidence and learn together to develop skills to support their children.

Range of training courses launched

These can be accessed through our online booking system- Eventbrite (see contact details below)
We are now offering a few evening sessions at Farranshane House in Antrim and a number of Saturday workshops in Magherafelt, ranging from navigating an autistic sensory system to managing emotions. 

Coffee mornings continue in the Parish centre in Magherafelt and in the Garden House coffee shop at Clotworthy House in Antrim on following dates Mon 15th October Magherafelt & Wed 17th October Antrim 10.00-11.30
All are welcome, it’s an opportunity to meet other parents and chat over a cup tea/coffee

Seamus Heaney Homeplace Family Movie Day

Our first movie day in the Seamus Heaney Homeplace was a great success with 70 participants joining us for the film, kids enjoyed the space and the ability to get up if they needed to. Families felt supported as everyone there was in the same situation  

Jo Douglas from the Spectrum centre in Dungannon is offering a training session through Empower on Wednesday 17th October in Farranshane House in Antrim, entitled “Understanding the Social Imagination Impairment in ASD: Implications for Intervention & Support”. 

The Empower team have been working hard sourcing Mid term break and Christmas activities and we are pleased to announce that we will be returning to the Waterside Theatre for their Autism friendly panto Cinderella.  Bookings for this will open week beginning 12th November

Empower works with a speech and Language Therapist with over 12 year’s clinical experience. Ruth specialises in the assessment, and treatment of both pre-school and school aged children with a wide range of speech, language and communication difficulties. Ruth and her colleague Leah will be providing sessions on the following topics in Antrim over the next few months: Play and ASD, Autism and communication,



For more information on Empower:

Call 02879395237

Visit www.empowernetwork.co.uk 

Contact aine.mccloy@nrc.ac.uk


Check out the calendar for lots of new events and training happening near you! http://empowernetwork.co.uk/calendar.aspx 


Information Line

The Empower project has a dedicated Information line which you can telephone to access information on local groups and projects that can support you and your family. The information line researches what organisations and groups are available at a local level to help and support.

The Information line is staffed by the Project Lead partner, DADS: Dyslexia and Dyspraxia support and is a point of contact for families and organisations wishing to provide assistance to those with Autism, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia.

Through the information line you can discuss your needs and shape the provision offered through the empower project.

To contact the information line, which is based in Magherafelt call Josie: 02895816852